Metal-Mesh Optical Filter Technology for Mid IR, Far IR, and Submillimeter

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CB17C
Agency Tracking Number: 095447
Amount: $599,782.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
OH, Westerville, OH, 43082-8699
DUNS: 051815553
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William McGovern
 Principal Investigator
 (614) 891-2243
Business Contact
 Philip Swinehart
Title: VP of Sensor Research
Phone: (614) 891-2243
Research Institution
The innovative, high transmission band-pass filter technology proposed here is an improvement in multilayer metal-mesh filter design and manufacture for the far IR to submillimeter ranges. The proposed metal-mesh filters can tolerate cryogenic temperatures (down to 4K and below) and a wide vibration/shock spectrum, making them launch-capable and durable for long periods in space. In addition, the proposed band-pass filters are light weight, as they employ no heavy substrates. The proposed 2?5 mm thickness (mostly the mounting frame) allows insertion into tight spaces and standard filter wheels. The thin, light weight, vacuum compatible design can be incorporated into almost any detector setup. Large sizes can be manufactured for newer instruments with larger diameter beams.

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